Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Blog Candy link

"Tammy's Place" is offering this fantastic blog candy to celebrate her "blogaversary"! Ends July 20th (my wedding anniversary!).

Monday, June 29, 2009


If you still need help finding that file, please email me @ margie_visnick@yahoo.com . I will help you out, but I have no way of contacting you!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Another Pagemaps LO...

Becky is running another fabulous LO sketch contest over at her blog: I have really gotten into paper piecing-this adorable turtle is from http://www.myscrapchick.com/ , the Turtles and Snails mini collection.
I cut the title "Together" using my Cricut and Graphically Speaking, the pink plaque behind it is an svg file I picked up -not sure where. The tree behind that is a digistamp from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff
And it can be found here
Which reminds me....If you like digistamps, and you like free stuff, be sure to check back here on Thursday morning (Hint, hint)! Digistamps are great for scrapbooking and cardmaking-and they can be used over and over!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Summer Fun Layout and a Freebie

I did this LO for my little girls. I don't usually do the layouts with the paper pieced bears, but I have seen so many that I love, so I thought I would make one for this page.I used papers from Basic Grey's Marrakech line for this LO, and I did a lot of cutting with my Cricut and SCAL for this page. I cut the swirly sun behind the title with my Cricut , and you can find the svg file for that here: Swirly Sun paper piecing
The title itself is a Soft Spoken sticker from Me And My Big Ideas. To make the swirly sun, I cut it out of yellow cardstock using SCAL, then again in Shadow Blackout mode from white cardstock. I sprayed the yellow pieces with my homemade shimmer spray (Thanks for the idea to make my own, Lindsay!). To make the shimmer spray, I put a little Wilton's Pearl Dust (which I had in my cake decorating stash) in a travel sized spray bottle that I got at Wal Mart for about $0.50, squeezed a small tube of cheap yellow watercolor paint I had in to the bottle, and filled it the rest of the way with hairspray (cheapo stuff). I LOVE the shimmer it added to my sun!
I cut this bear using a svg file that some one from my surecuts alot group shared a while back, and a bathing suit and beach ball freebies that I stumbled across (sorry, since these are not my own designs, I am not free to share them) I did have to manipulate them a bit, to get the look I was going for. I paper pieced, chalked the edges and the cheeks, and added the final touches with a black pen and my trusty white Uniball Signo pen.The flowers on the skirt and ear are also from Marrakech's sticker sheet. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Feeling Patriotic (or...Challenge Bonanza!)

I was feeling patriotic today, and I wanted to meet some challenges on some blogs that I frequent, so this little 4th of July kit is what I came up with. The challenge over at Cupcake crafts was to use this sketch to make a card:

I also wanted to meet the challenge over at Just Magnolia , so I used this sweet little Tilda stamp, mounted on a free svg shape that I got from Susan Bluerobots' blog , which I cut out of a scrap of navy cardstock, which I mounted on the blackout version of the same cut from a scrap of DCWV white Glitter cardstock, (which was left over from the Spark Latch box below) and mounted that on a square cut out from The Patriotic Card Kit from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff. Then I mounted it all on the 6x6 card that I cut from the cardsock leftover from the Patriotic Nut Cup. So, since I used all of those paper scraps AND digital images (The Patriotic Card Kit, and the 4th of July Bunting), I fulfilled the Digital Tuesday Challenge!
The card (front):
The card (inside):

The Spark Latch box:

I found the SCUT to cut this box at : http://www.scrappingtable.com/shapes.html under "boxes". I cut it from White glitter cardstock cut from DCWV's Glitter stack, and decorated it with the 4th of July bunting digistamp, which I hand colored using my BIC markers, Copic markers, White Uniball Signo pen, and Diamond Glitter Stickles on the star. I added white eyelets to the ends of the bunting, and threaded a sheer red ribbon through, repeating all the way around the box.

The Patriotic Nut Cup, which I found by going to the site linked above and clicking on "cups": Thanks for looking! Now hurry on over to the other designer's blogs, because one of them has a free digistamp for you for one week only!

Happy hunting!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

A Father's Day Card for my Hubby!

Today's post is the Father's Day card/box that I made for my husband. I combined several different ideas and a template that I found for a toolbelt box on http://melstampz.blogspot.com/ . I turned it into a card instead, put it inside of a box that I made using an svg file from Penny's blog, added this adorable "He Who Has The Most Tools Wins" digistamp from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, 'cause I think she made it for him, No Kidding! And don't forget, when you spend $10.00 in the month of June , you get a free card kit! Now, don't forget to check out the other designer's blog's, because one of them has a free digistamp available for this week only!
Edited to add: Guess what?!!! Lindsay is giving this digistamp away till Father's Day on her blog!She has other freebies up too, so be sure to check her out!

Cindi ( June Guest Designer )

Lindsay (owner)











Thursday, June 11, 2009

Bitten By the Bug Contest, Freebies, Stamp Stuff, and More...

So, you may have already guessed this, but I love a challenge or a contest. This one was from Bitten By the Bug and SheetLoads Of Short Cuts. The challenge was to use this sketch, and any flower from any Cricut Cartridge. So I used this darling Cupcake Tree Digistamp ( only a $1.00 from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff!), my leafy flourish svg file (find it for free HERE ) which I also cut in the darker green in SCAL's Shadow mode set at "1", and the flowers were cut from Plantain Schoolbook cartridge at 1/2 inch and 3/4 inch for the 2 smaller flowers, and 3/4 inch and 1 inch for the larger flower. I bent and shaped the petals with my fingers, and layered the smaller flowers on top of the larger ones with mini Glue Dots (I use these like crazy!), and attached tiny pink gemstones in the center of each flower. The patterned cardstock that I used for the card was from the DCWV Nana's Nursery Girl Stack, and the pink lace was my "vintage" addition, from my mother-in-law's sewing stash, and I added interest to the Cupcake Tree with sprinkles made from Stickles, and puffy pink pearlized fabric paint drops for the "cherries". I colored the actual stand that the cupcakes are on with my silver Martha Stewart glitter pen.

Now is the perfect time to try digistamping, because Lindsay's Stamp Stuff is running a special in June: Spend $10.00 and get one of Lindsay's awesome card kits free! (these are awesome for putting together a quick but lovely homemade card!). And if you check out what the other girls are doing, you will find a FREE digistamp on one of their blogs!

Monday, June 8, 2009

My entry for the Pagemaps sketch

This post is my entry for the contest on the PageMaps Blog (I LOVE Becky Fleck's maps-they are great for getting rid of scrapper's block! My layout is about my twins' first day of school and the feelings I felt. The journaling reads: "My sweet little girls- I was not quite ready for the emotions I experienced on your first day of school (My first day at home by myself). I thought that I would be happy for the peace and quiet, and I was, but I was not prepared for the sadness I felt. My babies are growing up. No more "morning lovin's" after all the other kids are gone. Now it's on to school, packing your lunches, and homework. (SIGH)"

Friday, June 5, 2009

Wedding Bells Are Ringing!

My post for today is a wedding card for some friends of my hubby's - we were invited to the wedding, but not sure if we can go or not- he has to work tomorrow. Blech! Anyway, back to the card! I cut the bell shaped card using an svg file that was shared on one of my yahoo groups. I LOVED it, and I have been wanting to use it for a while. I used the rolling pin embossing technique with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder,after spraying it with Pearl Glimmer Mist (I find myself using this color the most-PERFECT for just the right hint of shimmer. The scalloped oval and oval were both cut out using SCAL. I put Pop Dots in between all of the layers, topped it off
with Lora's calla lily paper piecing and a K&Co rub on, and punched two holes through the top and threaded a sheer creamy ribbon through the top and tied. The sentiment on the inside reads: "There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved." by George Sand.
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Anyone want a Big Shot?

Yeah, I thought so! Head over to Melissa's blog here to have a "shot" at one and some other fabulous goodies! (I know, I know, I crack myself up sometimes!)

Happy Thursday!

For today's Stamp Stuff post, Lindsay asked us to"go green". I have to admit, I had a serious case of scrapper's block for this one! I had 3 or 4 different ideas, but here's the one I finally carried out!

I printed out the Happy Birthday card kit on the back of a sheet of cardstock that I had printed out something else on. I got all 3 of these cards out of the one kit, and still had a few pieces left over. On the first card on the left, I wanted to try a technique I saw in CK for using items that you have around the house and I thought would tie into the "green" theme. I punched out several layers of circles from some tissue paper that I had left over from my little girl's birthday party, and sprayed with Rose Tea Glimmer Mist. I attached the circle cut-out to the tissue paper flower's center. I love the look of this flower, and I will definantly use this technique again!I have tons of tissue paper around the house! The second card, I embellished with flowers punched out of the scraps leftover from making the base to my first card. I bent the petals a bit and attached with a glittered blue brad, and finished it off with a scrap of sheer yellow ribbon. For the third card, I attached the "Happy Birthday" plaque with a 3-d glue dot and some skinny light blue ribbon, and topped it off with a sweet cupcake digistamp from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff. As you can see, it doesn't take much embellishment for these card kits to look fabulous! Now hop on over to the other Design Team members' blogs, one of them has a free digistamp for you to try!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

My First Blog Award!

Yesterday, I received the Lemonade award from Lora (Notes From The Scrapbook Lady)-which was my first blog award!It was a nice surprise, that cheered me up a bit! Life around here has been really hectic, since my daughter's birthday party was Sunday, and our air conditioning went out on Saturday night. In the 90 degree+ Tennessee heat, no less. We found out yesterday we have to replace the air compressor (blech!expensive!)-and of course the repair man had to wait till today or Wednesday for a part.Hopefully he can get it and fix it today, but I am getting used to the heat. Can you imagine how it used to be before they invented air conditioning? Let me tell you, my kids have not been happy campers! But at least they/we can go swim if we get too hot! But, anyway, back to the award! Lor had some very sweet things to say about me, which I appreciate very much! Go check out her blog, she's got lots of great svg file freebies!
Here are the rules for this award:
1.Comment on this blog.
2.Cut and paste the award logo and use it on your own blog.
3.Nominate 5 to 10 blogs which you feel show great attitude and gratitude.
4.Link to your nominees within your blog post.
5.Comment on their blogs to let them know they received the award.
6.Link back to the person who gave you the award to show your appreciation.
There are sooo many awesome blogs out there(and some of the ones I frequent just got this award), but here are a few of my favorites:
1.The Frugal Crafter Lindsay is one talented chick, with lots of money saving ideas on her blog, svg ,digistamp,and digi scrapping freebies. One of my favorite things that I learned from her blog is how to make your own shimmer spray. I am proud to be a member of her digistamp design team. and I am learning new tricks from the other DT members all the time! Head over to her blog and you are sure to be inspired!
2.Vendibles Blog Eleanor has lots of awesome free svg files (I think she's up to about 70!) One of my favorites is her cherry blossom frame that is one of the most recently uploaded files to her blog. It's so pretty! Stop by and see all of her lovely files!
3.Going Buggy If you haven't seen this blog, and you are a card maker or Cricut owner, you are missing out! Enfys has tons and tons of gorgeous cards, and what she does with her Cricut and Cuttlebug is simply inspiring!
4.Denise's Scrapbooking Room Denise has sooo many free svg files (and some more uber-cute ones for sale). If you have SCAL, you definantly need to go by her blog and work your way through the old posts!
5.All Things Crafty And Delicious-I just recently discovered Melinda's blog, and she is a girl after my own heart! She loves to cook and shares her recipes, and just recently started sharing a free weekly svg file. Drop by and leave her a comment!
As I said before, there are so many more great blogs out there, this is just a very small portion!